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530 Acquired Microcephaly in a Child with Absent Speech: how to Study?
  1. J Sales Marques,
  2. D Rocha,
  3. AI Pinto Pais
  1. Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho EPE, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal


Introduction Microcephaly is defined as reduce of the head circumference less than 2 SDS for age, sex and gestation.

Purpose Three different cases of acquired microcephaly and absent speech are presented with the purpose to find the better form to study patients with this clinical association.

Results Case 1 - Eight-year old girl, has acquired microcephaly since 15 months of age, absent speech, delay motor skills, seizures and angelman-like features. Chromosome 15 study confirmed Angelman Syndrome.

Case 2 - Five-year old boy, has acquired microcephaly since 12 months of age, absent speech, mental retardation, behavioral problems. Creatine Transport Defect was confirmed with high levels of creatine in urine and hemizygous missense mutation in the SLC6A8 gene.

Case 3 - Eleven-months old boy, has acquired microcephaly since six months of age, absent speech, hypotonia. He also has α- 1-antitrypsin deficiency, increased lactic acid and T4 low. Cerebral magnetic resonance showed global loss of volume of white matter. Muscle biopsy confirmed respiratory chain disorder with complex 2 deficiency - 25%.

Discussion If the patient showed acquired microcephaly and absent speech associated with convulsions and angelman-like features, the most probably diagnosed is Angelman syndrome. The screening for mutation in chromosome 15 diagnosed the syndrome. If the patient has also behavior disturbances with family history of learning disabilities, determination of urine creatine is obligatory to exclude creatine transport defect. If all these tests are negative and the patient has unrelated organs involved, we need to exclude respiratory chain disorder and muscle biopsy is mandatory.

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